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African tourists caught smuggling heroin in Guangzhou

(People's Daily)

16:12, September 21, 2011

Edited and Translated by Ma Xi, People's Daily Online

Guangzhou Customs seized more than 1,600 lipstick cases containing more than 7 kilograms of heroin at Guangzhou New Baiyun Airport recently.

This is the largest drug-smuggling case that was caught through the passenger examination channel, and this novel method of hiding heroin in lipstick cases was discovered for the first time in Guangzhou.

The two suspects were from Africa. They said they had purchased the lipstick from China, but they wanted to return it because of quality problems.

Using X-ray machines, the Guangzhou Customs staff found caps that appeared to be abnormal, and upon examination they found massive packets of heroin contained therein.

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